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Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:37 am
by Tsunuki
Piers - I'm glad I posted something relevant to your locale, I guess I got pretty lucky. I'd like to visit Bizen eventually. I stayed in Okayama on a past trip, but that was before I was interested enough in ceramics to think of visiting any kilns or museums. Anyways, feel free to share the photographs if they'd be interested. And here's most of the rest of my Bizen ceramics collection (minus a cup I'd forgotten I had tucked away, and I'm pretty sure the other two netsuke aren't Bizen-ware):
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Judy - I'm glad you enjoyed them! I'm really pleased to have found the Tengu, as I haven't seen another like it and at the time it was my only Tengu-no-Tamago netsuke. Plus, I really like Yokai netsuke. The rattling bit inside it looks to be a little bit of earth and straw, so it's either some excess clay from the himotoshi like you suggested or maybe just some mud that got stuck inside. I could probably get it out, but it adds some character.

John - Thanks! I guess the correct description should be "A Bizen-ware ceramic netsuke of an ''Oharahame'' woman''!

Speaking of Daruma ceramic netsuke being common, I thought I had another Bizen netsuke somewhere, and I found a second seated Daruma. It's about 95% the same as the other Daruma, the biggest difference being the himotoshi are up-and-down instead of side-to-side.
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Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:55 am
by chonchon
Ryan, I mentioned this thread to my wife and she said: 大原女 (Ohara + me), = Oharame... :D

Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:17 pm
by souldeep
Thanks Piers - embedded your link so it's not missed :)

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Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:14 pm
by chonchon
Many thanks Martyn!

Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:34 am
by Bakurae
I promised Judy I would post some more photos my ceramic dog (Happy New Year, by the way), acquired as "Hirado, 19th century (?)". Here they are, followed by two from the Silverman collection at the Toledo Museum of Art that seemed related: a seated cat called Hirado late 19th century, and a monkey on a rock described as Hirado mid 19th century. The hairwork on the monkey looks especially similar, though it isn't so clear in the photo--there's a hypnotic, streaming quality. I'm guessing that in each case it's a molded object that got some good handwork before firing, and glaze to enhance it.
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Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:35 am
by jbjtennyo
Thank you Alison. I really love your little puppy. And yes, I also am certain that the molded puppy is smooth, and the hair detail, and possibly even detail around the eyes and mouth are added individually, Unique to each molding. That makes yours very special. This puppy has his own personality and charm, and his hair detail has been meticulously placed. Thanks for sharing him. I also like the monkey very much!

Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:47 am
by chonchon
There is something especially sweet about these little ceramic Netsuke animals. 'Hypnotic, streaming' are good words.

Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:48 pm
by Bakurae
Thanks, Judy and Piers. I wish you some time in Toledo. Sorry about the sideways photos--they are all right side up in my image bank, and I'm never sure why some will turn up with the wrong orientation in a post.
I'll add one more relevant example from Toledo; this one, though similar to the previously posted examples, is called Imari late 19th century rather than Hirado in the "Adornment in Clay" catalogue--perhaps because of the more colorful glaze?
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Re: Ceramic netsuke

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:07 pm
by AFNetsuke
Alisin, I've also had rotated image problems when posting from my Android phone. Now for anything I want to post I rotate the image 90 degrees and save it in an incorrect orientation, then reopen and rotate it on around 270 degrees to look normal and save the new image. Using that one solves the problem. Just a bit of extra work and time to do it.